Greetings PreK-5 Educators:
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! On September, 6 2019, Superintendent’s Memo #221-19 announced the 2020 Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention. The convention will be held at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, Virginia, February 6-7, 2020. In 2019, nearly 800 teachers, principals, and central office staff attended the convention. We invite you to join educators from across the Commonwealth of Virginia at this annual statewide staff development initiative.
Participants will experience STEM-based instructional practices that contribute to the development of technological awareness. Workshops will focus on experiences that enable children to:
- explore how people create, use and control technology;
- apply knowledge in mathematics, science, English, and history and social sciences in solving problems associated with design, engineering and technology;
- use tools and materials to develop technological literacy and self-confidence.
Participants will receive 10 re-certification points for full participation in the convention, when they have prior approval from their school administration. Presenters will be eligible for additional re-certification points.
The following link points to the Convention information Web page: http://childrensengineering.org/convention/. Click on the “Registration” graphic to obtain complete convention registration details. Take advantage of the early bird convention registration discount.
Make your hotel reservations early. Plan ahead to experience historic Roanoke Valley, including its rich museums and collections, artisans, and tours. The Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention provides over 90 excellent professional development sessions and international keynote speakers for teachers to learn about standards-based, and STEM-based best practices in PreK-5 instruction. Plan now to attend!
Keynote, Thursday, February 6.
Jacie Maslyk is passionate about teaching and learning. She has served in public education for 20 years. An early implementer of STEAM and Making in schools, she currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent in the Hopewell Area School District and leads the movement for creativity and innovation in Beaver County with the establishment of the Innovation Learning Consortium.
Jacie Maslyk, EdD has worked in public education as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, elementary school principal and Director of Elementary Education. She is currently the Assistant Superintendent in the Hopewell Area School District. A successful school leader, she was recognized as a National Distinguished Principal finalist in Pennsylvania in 2013 and 2014.
Jacie has presented at the local, state, and national level on many topics, including STEAM and the Maker Movement. She served as an Editorial Advisor for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Principal Magazine and has published a number of articles on Response to Intervention and Instruction, school leadership, the Common Core, STEAM education, and the Maker Movement. In 2015, she was awarded the Frank S. Manchester Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PAESSP). She is also the author of STEAMMakers; Fostering Creating and Innovation in the Elementary Classroom, a book that features many schools and organizations within the Remake Learning Network. A part of Remake Learning’s Expanding Innovation Project, Jacie is currently collaborating with educators from Quaker Valley and Propel Schools to build teacher leadership capacity around innovation. She is also working with the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit and Beaver County school district to establish a network of organizations who support creativity and innovative practices in schools.
Keynote, Friday, February 8.
Awards Banquet Luncheon
Rachael Mann is the founder of #TeachlikeTED and coauthor of The Martians in Your Classroom. She speaks and writes about the future of education and helps educators rethink the learning spaces of today. Prior to #TeachlikeTED, Rachael was the Network to Transform Teaching and STEM Professional Learning Director for Northern Arizona University’s AZK12 Center and State Director for Educators Rising Arizona. A former high school Career and Technical Education teacher and hailing from a family of educators, she has 14 years of classroom teaching experience. Rachael is a Google Certified Educator with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She is a founding member of the Council on the Future of Education and serves on the NCLA Executive Board.Plan ahead to attend the 2020 PreK-5 children’s engineering convention.
We look forward to your participation!
Kimberly Dempsey, President
Virginia Children’s Engineering Council
P. O. Box 29307
Henrico, VA firstname.lastname@example.org